The Westminster Assembly and the Challenges of Antinomianism
Women in Theology Lectures Series with Dr. Whitney Gamble. Dr. Gamble lectures on the Westminster Assembly and the Challenges of Antinomianism. Here is a description of her lecture: In 1643, England’s Parliament called the Westminster Assembly to revise the Church of England’s foundational documents in the face of the rise of Arminianism. As the Assembly divines worked for reformation, they discovered that in addition to Arminianism, another dangerous theological threat loomed over London: antinomianism. Antinomianism was more complicated than the denial of the Christian’s obligation to follow the moral law. Antinomians were not merely against law, as their name suggests. In fact, from the Assembly’s perspective, antinomianism represented a grave distortion of the gospel. Assembly members spent the next few years attempting to suppress antinomianism by hotly debating theological issues relating to the teaching, working with Parliament to restrict antinomian ministers, and finally, writing a Confession of Faith that they believed answered every point of antinomian error.
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